"Everyday you should learn in your life"
- Thomas Menino, '88, and longest serving mayor of Boston
Online Learning at UMass Boston
Welcome to our thriving online community of learners like you, someone with a busy life and a ready mind for learning. Let us help you navigate through the decisions in choosing higher education online at UMass Boston.
Get to Know CAPS and UMass Boston
Whether you’re 50 miles or 5,000 miles away, you’ll want to know more about the institution through which you’ll pursue your studies.
The College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS), one of 11 colleges and schools at UMass Boston, is wholly responsible for making the high quality of a UMass Boston education available online. Our benchmarks are an education that is accessible, convenient, engaging and rewarding. Faculty are trained on how to create fulfilling and connected learning communities, and they receive ongoing support from a full complement of online education systems professionals to make sure your university is working for you 24/7.
CAPS also manages New England’s second largest summer school by offering over 700 online and on campus courses, field study programs, study abroad programs, summer institutes and summer classes on Nantucket Island at the UMass Boston Field Station. Our winter session, on a more modest scale, offers over 100 on campus, online and short-term study abroad programs.
Just What You Need
Your challenges today and aspirations for tomorrow dictate the depth of study you need to meet your goals. The College of Advancing and Professional Studies strives to deliver the array of education options that help people around the world find just what they need to succeed.
A single course may spark the inspiration that energizes your work. A need for professional development might guide you to enroll in a short-term graduate or non-credit certificate, featuring the core courses of a discipline to expand your capacity and contributions in the workplace. And certificates are frequently the entrée to earning the top credentials of our online undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Community, Culture and Applied Learning
Our faculty teaching online through CAPS typically bring real-world experience to the class, and in the spirit of applied learning, students also learn from their peers, applying at work what was learned in class. Threaded discussions get pretty lively, synchronous sessions where everyone joins a live feed helps put faces to names, and team projects takes the online connection to a new level.
Your University. Wherever You Are In The World
• Inquiry • Transformation • Diversity • Inclusion • Engagement • Sustainability
The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities- a public research university with a dynamic culture of teaching and learning, and a special commitment to urban and global engagement. UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in many industries.
The scenic waterfront campus, with easy access to downtown Boston, is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library and Presidential Museum and new home to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
Fast Facts About UMass Boston and Our Student Body
• Faculty Scholars
93% of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.
• Faculty dedication to student success
• Distinguished Faculty
• High Achieving Alumni
“I love teaching…. It is gratifying to see my students blossom and have successful careers.”
- Pulitzer Prize winning poet and UMass Boston professor, Lloyd Schwartz